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Recording and Producing Audio for Media by Stanley R. Alten

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Chapter 20. Editing

The results of good production for picture are readily perceptible to the viewer—lighting, cinematography, composition, transitions, special effects, and so on. Not so with audio. When audio is well produced, it goes unnoticed, as it should. If audience attention is drawn to the dialogue, sound effects, or music, at the expense of the overall dramatic intent, it detracts from the viewing experience. Nowhere in audio production is “invisibility” more important than it is with editing.

Editing is indispensable to the production process. Program segments may need to be rearranged, shortened, or cut out altogether. Directors commonly record elements of a program out of sequence; editing makes this possible. It also makes it possible ...

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